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Thursday, October 11, 2012
MY NEXT pregnancy was another adventure again. I was bleeding at the fourth month and my doctor suspected that I had a tumor in my womb. To get expert care, I had to go to Metro Manila once more. I found a new gynecologist, obstetrician to take care of me. She had the same opinion about the tumor.
After a few weeks, I bled profusely and was in labor. I was unconscious when I was hurriedly brought to the Lourdes Hospital in Mandaluyong in our car. Upon reaching the hospital, my amniotic bag with a baby inside dropped to the car’s floor. A nun was ready with a hospital pan. She carefully got the baby, pricked it and an alive four- month old beautiful baby boy was inside. It lived for a few months and the nun baptized it. Since I was unconscious I just learned all of this sequence of events through my sister. They gave me the fetus of four months preserved in a bottle. Puzzled, I again just calmed myself. God’s willed it that way.
By an unusual turn if events or a twist of fate, this happened, my obstetrician was also conceiving a baby. One midnight, sitting at home she bled profusely. She, with her husband, a doctor, too, decided to wait till dawn to go to the hospital. But you would not believe it, my doctor’s blood pressure dropped to zero. They called this a shock and she, with the baby, suddenly died. An act of God, once more, came to my mind. Before that, we decided not to have a case about the diagnosis of a tumor in my womb. Is this not strange? Leave everything to God’s will.
My next pregnancy is again eventful. I was carrying my seven-month-old baby when at midnight I had labor pains, precursor of a miscarriage of a premature baby. I was rushed to my Baguio hospital where my doctor told me to have complete rest to save the baby. The next day, my baby was born premature. It lived for some twenty minutes. As usual, a nun baptized my baby.
My next pregnancies at different months were aborted. They were lost through natural spontaneous abortion. My doctor, studying my unusual case of pregnancies found out I had insufficient hormones to allow the baby to survive in my womb this full term.
My last and tenth pregnancy at 48 was a mole or blighted pregnancy. I bled as usual and expelled the mass of blood with grape-like features. Soon after, I had the onset of my menopause.
You see it was a long adventure for me. I saw all fetuses of different ages in months. Something you will not willingly expel through artificial induced abortion. This would be murder, a heinous crime. I experienced all possible methods of giving birth, some ending tragically for my babies.
After all these I became a more avid worker on my pro-life advocacy. Incidentally, recently, my good friend, Sister Pilar Versoza, the president of Pro-life Philippines died suddenly with a massive brain hemorrhage because of aneurism. She suffered this after giving a talk to the medical students of De La Salle Medical School at Dasmarinas, Cavite. Sister was in a coma and was attached to a nebulator until her death. This grieved me and in her memory, I vowed to intensify my advocacy on Pro-life through my writings and informational forums.
Some related recent incidents on infants’ death were in the news. Making a case of medical malpractices covering this was talked about in media. For me, if there had been clear evidences of neglect of medical personnel, they may be sued. Otherwise, like my rule of life, unfortunate deaths of infants are to the providential act of the creator. I read in medical book that these happen when a defective ovum and a sperm take part in the fertilization process.
Concerning the RH Bill, many lessons can be learned from this exposition about natural spontaneous abortion and artificial induced abortion. The first is an act of nature and the other is a crime committed by a person who intentionally kills a live fetus. This is murder.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 11, 2012.